Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, P.A. (Baltimore) Names New Managing Partner
Published on July 30, 2020
Leonard B. Rus, CPA, was named managing partner of Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, P.A., a 125-person CPA, wealth advisory and technology consulting firm with offices in Maryland and Virginia. Rus steps into the role to replace David Goldner, who has served as Gross Mendelsohn’s managing partner since 2009.
Rus has been with Gross Mendelsohn since 1986. As the firm’s new managing partner, Rus says, “The firm’s future has never been brighter. Our people are as smart and personable as I’ve ever seen here in my 33 years at the firm. Aside from growing the firm, one of my goals is to foster an environment where we continue to produce strong leaders who ultimately guide the firm for decades to come.”
Rus has headed up the firm’s tax department for seven years and also served on its executive management team for seven years. According to Goldner, “One of Len’s biggest leadership strengths is his hands off approach to solving problems. Len knows he has outstanding professionals around him, whether in accounting, tax, technology, marketing or HR. He gets out of the way and lets those professionals do what they do best.”
Rus’ areas of specialization include helping the next generation of high net worth families prepare to take over the family business and wealth. He earned his accounting degree from Loyola University Maryland and his master’s degree in taxation from the University of Baltimore. He is on the board of directors of Beth Israel Congregation. Rus is also a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs, Baltimore Estate Planning Council and Loyola’s John Early Society.
David Goldner will continue serving clients as a partner at the firm, focusing on serving high net worth and family owned businesses. Goldner said there is a strategy behind the firm’s approach to the leadership transition. “I’m not retiring,” explains Goldner, who has been with Gross Mendelsohn for 38 years. “Ensuring the smooth succession of its leadership team is one of the firm’s highest priorities. A seamless transition helps ensure consistent service to clients as well as a stable, vibrant workplace for employees. We have spent the last year preparing for Len to step into the managing partner role. I’ll be able to focus on other opportunities to continue the growth and success of the firm and be available to assist with the transition. I’m not going anywhere.”